Today Koei Tecmo revealed a new trailer, new screenshots and artwork of Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings.
With today’s reveal, we get to see more of the localization of the game, the alchemy system, and a few new characters, more precisely returning Drossel and her father Fritz, the pirate Backen, and the semi-returning blacksmith Hagel.
The trailer features another very important element to the game, which is the alchemist rank promotion test, which happens to be handled by Mirelle, the princess of the kingdom where Atelier Lydie & Suelle is set. Talk about a busy lady.
Below you can read some more detailed information directly from the press release.
To help the pair reach their joint goal of running the best atelier, Suelle creates the Ambitions Journal where she tracks everything they need to accomplish along the way. The ambitions listed in their journal contain tasks related to the key pillars of the Atelier series: alchemy, synthesis, battle, and character relations. As these are completed, Important Quests are unlocked, which will raise the twin’s Atelier Rank upon their completion. This rank is extremely important for young alchemists as chances of discovering new paintings increases the more they level up their Atelier – and opening up opportunities to undertake the ever-necessary alchemy Promotion Tests.
Throughout their adventures in Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings, the twins will find a bounty of resources which will be needed to create incredibly useful items. Synthesizing items is a necessity for the twins to perfect their skills, as they train to run the best atelier in the country. The Synthesis system has been tweaked with the addition of Enhancing Agents, making the learning process easier for aspiring alchemists. The newly introduced Enhancing Agents attach new effects onto synthesized items and, depending on the agent used, will change the synthesis panel in unique ways.
Change Agents cause colored tiles to transform into the color of the agent, while Color Adjacent Agents turn the chosen tile and those next to it into the same color. Additionally Connect Agents change all of the tiles connected horizontally, vertically and diagonally to the chosen square into the same color. Color All Agents causes all tiles of the same color to transform into the color of the agent. Carefully utilizing these agents at the right time can ensure synthesized items are even more effective. For example, bombs can have a wider explosive radius and perform more damage; while health items will have stronger healing properties.
We also recently learned that the game will release in the west without an English voice track, including only English subtitles and Japanese voices. If you want to learn even more, you can check out our recent interview.
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: Alchemists of the Mysterious Painting will launch in Japan tomorrow (December 21st, 2017), for PS4, Switch, and PS Vita. The western version, which will release on March 30th in Europe and March 27th in North America, will skip Sony’s portable in favor of a PC version on Steam.